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  • Beyer, Katko, Napolitano Introduce Barriers To Suicide Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and John Katko (R-NY), the co-chairs of the House Suicide Prevention Task Force, and Grace Napolitano (D-CA), founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus today introduced the Barriers To Suicide Act. The bipartisan legislation would create grants for state and local governments to fund nets and barriers on bridges, which have been shown to reduce suicide. “The Barriers To Suicide Act would take a big step forward in pushing a national resp... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On WOTUS Repeal
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its repeal of the Waters of the United States rule: “All Americans and virtually all industries rely on clean water. But the Trump administration has again chosen to dish out another favor to corporate polluters at great expense to the American people. The Waters of the United States rule has played a critical role in ensuring the health of our waterways and tributaries, and the Unite... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds House Passage of Bills to Protect Coasts from Dangerous Offshore Drilling and Seismic Blasting
    Posted in Press Releases on September 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today applauded the House passage of the Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act (H.R. 205), which blocks new offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941), which blocks new offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines. The legislation included an amendment to ban seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, an initiative Beyer spearheaded with his bipartisan Atlantic Seismic Airgun ... Read more

  • Extreme Risk Protection Order Act Passes Through House Judiciary Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Today, the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Act of 2019, H.R. 1236, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee’s gun violence prevention markup, moving it one step closer to a vote on the House floor. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and co-led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). “This is a historic day in the fight to end senseless gun violence. I am deeply proud that our Extreme Risk Protection Order Ac... Read more

  • Beyer Calls For Secretary Wilbur Ross’ Resignation
    Posted in Press Releases on September 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement after the New York Times reported Monday that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross threatened to fire NOAA officials in retaliation for weather reports which corrected false tweets sent by the President: “Wilbur Ross must resign. “His direct attacks on the scientists and federal employees, whom he threatened to fire for doing their jobs by accurately reporting the weather, are an embarrassing new low for a member of this Cabinet which has been hi... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On EPA Methane Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on August 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming methane rule: “The Trump Administration’s decision to deregulate methane will endanger American lives,” said Rep. Beyer. “Last month the planet experienced its hottest month in recorded history. The threat of climate change to human life and livelihoods has never been clearer, and yet the Trump Administration is acting to allow an increase in the dangerous emissions which cause i... Read more

  • House Democrats Demand Answers On Trump Administration’s Attempts To Weaken Action On White Supremacist Extremism
    Posted in Press Releases on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Oversight of the Administration

    65 House Democrats, led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), sent letters today to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan seeking an explanation of the Trump Administration’s hampering of an effective, coordinated response to the growing threat of white supremacist extremist violence. Their oversight letter followed revelations that, despite high profile white supremacist-motivated acts of terrorism including the mass shooting in El Paso earlier this month, ... Read more

  • Beyer Calls On Senate Majority Leader McConnell To Pass The Bipartisan Background Checks Act
    Posted in Press Releases on August 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Rep. Beyer (D-VA) today joined House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, survivors of gun violence, and his colleagues Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Eliot Engel (D-NY) in the U.S. Capitol to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up and pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. His remarks, below (as prepared), were delivered in the wake of recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX, Dayton, OH, and elsewhere. “The issue that brings us... Read more

  • Beyer Responds To Trump Administration’s Gutting Of Endangered Species Act
    Posted in Press Releases on August 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer (VA-08), Co-Chair of the Endangered Species Caucus, released the following statement today after the Trump administration finalized regulations to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA): “We are in the middle of a global wave of mass extinction and history will judge us for how we treat those with whom we share this planet. Despite the major successes of the ESA, iconic species are facing increasingly daunting threats to survival. We have a moral resp... Read more

  • New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force Releases Principles for U.S. Climate Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy

    Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer, NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters, and the NDC Climate Change Task Force, led by Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Sean Casten, Elaine Luria, and Susan Wild, released policy principles to combat climate change with the seriousness and urgency this crisis demands. In doing so, the NDC Climate Change Task Force seeks to address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands and to embrace the notion that the U.S., through its powerfu... Read more